The last 12 days have been a pretty
tough welcome assignment for the ladies of Bitch Beer, considering we’ve been drinking our way into the holiday spirit with our 12 Brews of Christmas series. Today happens to be Christmas Eve, which means we’ve reached our final brew. Let’s face it, it’s probably appropriate to get this out of the way considering how much liquid Christmas cheer we’ll be ingesting in the next 24 hours. (The tree is not the only thing getting lit tonight, ammiright?)
To cap off our series, we’ve chosen a beer with a color you’ll want to take a gander at, an aroma that will send you on a wild goose chase for more bottles, and a flavor that is certainly anything but fowl. If all these goose puns are starting to ruffle your feathers, we’ll honk to the chase–we’re talking of course about The Bruery’s 6 Geese-A-Laying.
The 2013 release in The Bruery’s annual 12 days of Christmas series, this Belgian dark ale is festively and fittingly spiked with Cape Gooseberries to add a perceptible yet not overbearing tartness.
The beer’s rich, malty body marks a return to the Belgian dark ale style that most of the beers in the series fall into, (save last year’s delicious pineapple golden ale 5 Golden Rings).
While this beer is designed to continue developing with age for the next six years until 12 Drummers Drumming is released, it’s still pretty damn delicious fresh, especially when paired with a Christmas meal. According to The Bruery’s site, 6 Geese-A-Laying pairs well with your holiday roast, cranberry stuffing, chocolate truffles and Christmas caroling. But, at 11.5 percent ABV, if you’re going to be drinking this before Christmas caroling, we wish your neighbors’ eardrums goodnight and good luck.
If you missed any beers in our 12 Brews of Christmas series, here’s a look back at our picks:
Day 1: Boulevard Nutcracker Ale
Day 2: Sierra Nevada Celebration
Day 3: Terrapin Moo-hoo
Day 4: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat
Day 5: (512) Five
Day 6: Alaskan Smoked Porter
Day 7: Southern Tier 2XMAS
Day 8: Saint Bernardus Christmas Ale
Day 9: Peticolas Wintervention
Day 10: Ninkasi Sleigh’r
Day 11: Sweetwater Festive Ale
Day 12: The Bruery 6 Geese-A-Laying
Merry Christmas from all the ladies of Bitch Beer!